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01 Introduction to Environmental Science

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Introduction to Environmental Science I. Definitions of Environment a. Ecological b. Anthropological c. Environmental Science: Inclusive and Interdisciplinary II. Science as a way of knowing - rests on the assumption that the world is knowable thru empirical study and logical analysis a. Explanation of science b. Scientists collaborate c. Experimental design i. Controlled studies and reproducibility ii. Blind and double-blind studies d. Scientific reasoning i. Deductive ii. Inductive e. Hypotheses and theories i. Hypothesis: a testable, reasonable explanation of a phenomenon ii. Theory: a large body of evidence in support of a general statement III. The Process of Science a. Observation b. Hypothesis c. Experimental design d. Testing e. Hypothesis supported (not proven) f. Hypothesis rejected g. Interpretation and reporting IV. How do we develop hypotheses? a. Experiments are designed to test specific hypotheses b. Scientists manipulate the environment, one variable at a time c. Data are collected as supporting evidence V.
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